Crowds gather to catch a glimpse of royal couple in Wellington

Royal watchers are already gathering for a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who will touch down in Wellington shortly.

Keen New Zealanders might get a chance for a selfie and a chat with the royal couple.

Enthusiastic royal watchers have been gathering in Pukeahu park since midday, ready with flags. Source: rnz.co.nz

Prince Harry and Meghan touch down at 3pm at the military terminal and will be whisked off to Government House for an official welcome.

The royals will then travel to the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park for a wreath laying ceremony at about 4.45pm.

They are expected to walk around Memorial Park once the formalities are over.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are touching down in New Zealand this afternoon. Source: 1 NEWS

Members of the public will get the chance to meet the royal couple behind security barriers.

But royal fans may have to get in early for a special spot.

MetService is forecasting sunny spells, with brisk northerly winds for much of the day.

But rain is forecast to return tomorrow.

That is when the royal couple will visit young mental health advocates at the Maranui Cafe in Lyall Bay, before flying to Abel Tasman National Park.

They will spend some time in Auckland next Tuesday and in Rotorua next Wednesday during their four-day visit, meeting with local iwi, conservation groups, and children with parents in prison.

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